Famous Lines of 2012

I’d like to say 2012 was a great year, but the last month and a half hasn’t been and neither were some other parts of the year. However, for the last couple of years, I’ve compiled a list of the most famous lines of the year (real and from my books and short stories).


#5: “Y’know, punk, if you’re gonna rob my sister, this is a ridiculous way to do it.” – Jay Galloway, heroine’s brother in “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.”


#4: Ah – my parents. The more I am around them the more I realize how much I love them and how they are the two nicest people I know. I am sad that health problems led them to the hospital and a skilled nursing facility. Before they got sick, they came to my house on the weekends (before I got laid off. Again.).

Mom: “I got weighed on Nancy’s scale. It’s 115.”

Dad: “No, it’s 11:15.”


#3: My friend and cab driver and my parents went to the drive-thru at McDonald’s for breakfast. After waiting almost twenty minutes for their order, my friend went inside to check on it and was told “We can’t find the ingredients to make your order.”



#2: Silence – sometimes the most famous line of all. That look from a family member or friend who knows what you’re going through, but doesn’t want to say the wrong thing. They just want to let you know that they’re there if you need to talk – or not say anything at all.


The most famous and often-quoted line of 2012 is:


#1: Okay, big build-up first. My novella, “When Do the Bells Ring for Me?” got a tasteless rejection because the heroine mentioned her brother’s ex-wife in her wedding toast. (There were other reasons for the rejection, but the word tasteless was used in the rejection that was riddled with typos). Okay, I’m exaggerating for dramatic effect. Now I sit here typing on my laptop and wishing my life were that simple again. So, use your imagination here and picture my short, dark and funny cab driver friend listening to me read that letter, and then leaning back in the leather seat of the cab and saying, (with a smile and a twinkle in his brown eyes) “Just send her an e-mail and say, ‘I may be tasteless, but you can’t type. And then send her a picture of your finger.’”

–Nancy Goldberg Levine is the author of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” available now on Amazon.com, as well as more than sixty short stories.




Happy Valentine’s Day to my mom & friends

This is a re-blog of the post I wrote after the last big thing that happened in my life–when my friend, Greg, and I found my parents on the floor of their house, sick and dehydrated, and they had to go to the hospital, and then into a nursing home. I re-wrote some of this, but some of it still holds true today. I want to say Happy Valentine’s Day to my mom and all of my friends who have been so supportive since real life and adversity have come my way once again…in fact, my whole world came crashing down. I have lots of on-line friends, whom I’ve never met, as well as high school and college friends, and co- and ex-co-worker friends, and I’ve met some new friends during “Nutsie Nan’s Bogus Journey”. I’m closer to many of these people than I am to my aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and out-laws.
Today, though,  I want to talk about two friends in particular, my best friend, Karla, whom I’ve known since 1973, and my cab driver, Greg, whom I’ve known for ten years. .
So in August 2017, I lost my condo and had to give my cat, my sweet Jay, away. Now I’m in a shelter trying to make a fresh start.
Thanks, Greg, for being my friend for the last ten years and for always making me laugh even in very serious situations and listening to all the craziness (my friend, Keith, didn’t nickname me Nutsie Nan for nothing).
Then there’s Karla. I’ve got no money and no home but she’s still my friend and she still gives great advice.
My friends, you are the best, and I want you to know how much I love you.

What about you? Do you have friends who have gone above and beyond the bounds of friendship for you? What about books where friends do anything for one another?